I wanted to keep you updated on the latest developments in the effort to repeal Obamacare and reform our healthcare system.
You are probably already aware that the plan originally introduced in the House of Representatives failed to get enough votes to pass, so it was pulled from consideration.
This is good news, because we can do better.
However, the worst thing Congress could do is abandon health care reform entirely. We’ve come too far and we were too close to a deal to give up now. Especially after we devoted just 17 legislative days to debating the Republican Obamacare repeal and replace plan. In 1996, welfare reform took 56 days. In 1986, tax reform took 323 days. And it took President Obama 187 days to pass Obamacare. Healthcare is complex and deserves more than 17 days of hasty discussion.
I have spoken to countless Utahns who now pay more for health insurance than they pay for the mortgage on their home. Americans have to be able to make health care costs fit within their family budgets, and to do this they need choices. Instead of providing these choices, Obamacare forces Americans to make health insurance the biggest line item in their family budget. It will take time to fix this, but we have to get it right.
If we are being honest with ourselves, it will take years to fix the problems created by Obamacare. It is also delusional to think that we can fix our healthcare system with one comprehensive piece of legislation.
Case in point, I recently shared some of these thoughts on Facebook. In the comments, many Utahns expressed frustration at the high cost of pharmaceutical products. I believe part of what is causing these high prices is lack of competition in the pharmaceutical industry. I have supported legislation called the CREATES Act, which would enable more competition and lower prices. It is an effective targeted solution to this problem with solid bipartisan support.
I am confident that when Obamacare is repealed, we will have cleared the path for more common-sense solutions, like the CREATES Act, to become law and provide the relief Americans are looking for in the healthcare industry.
Powerful interests in Washington benefit from a legislative environment where gridlock is the norm and one-size-fits-all bills are offered as the only way to pass law. If you have never heard of the CREATES Act, that is because there are those who don’t want you to think that Republicans and Democrats can work together to fix problems in our healthcare system. We can, and we will.
But I need your help to make sure more people learn about solutions like this.
Here are three ways you can help:
- Follow me on social media and help me get the word out
I am honored to serve the people of Utah, and I appreciate your support.